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Why Are the 60s making a comeback?

Why Are the 60s making a comeback?

“Do you take advantage of the new freedoms?” purrs sexy next-door neighbor Mrs. Samsky in the Coen brothers’ 1967-set “A Serious Man.” The question looms large over a number of this year’s award-season films, many of them set either on the cusp of that moment of revolutionary change in the ’60s (“An Education,” “A Single Man”), during its heyday (“A Serious Man,” “Nine,” “Pirate Radio”) or as its gleam began to wear off and turn darker (“The Damned United,” “The Lovely Bones”). Read more in this Variety story

Focus Features exec James Schamus once again proves he may be the most learned man in the film business with this observation:

“I don’t think the American culture has honestly absorbed the potential of what was happening in the 1960s,” he says. “Late capitalism shut it down as a stylistic detour, and there’s very little understanding or acceptance of how deep were the structural changes — everything from male-female relations to gay liberation to what happened last November at the ballot box. These are things we all owe to the ’60s.” And as this recent cycle of films suggest, adds Schamus, “We’re still working it out.”

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